Call for universal health coverage

Gov't, WHO partner to spearhead attainment of universal healthcare

While April 7 is marked as World Health Day, hospitals in Punjab are ill-equipped and under-resourced to ensure appropriate medical treatment of patients.

As Kenyans prepare to join the rest of the World to mark the world global health day Saturday the ministry of health is promising to ensure the full implementation of the 2017 health act that seeks to create a universal healthy for the next five years.

The theme of World Health Day in 2018 is "Universal health coverage: everyone, everywhere" and the slogan is "Health for All".

He emphasised that for UHC to move forward there is need for political commitment, action by all sectors and prioritization of health as a human rights issue in measurable terms because "what is not reported or measured is not done".

"I welcome the theme "Universal health coverage: everyone, everywhere" that has been chosen by WHO and others". A year ago on Word Health Day this movement started with a simple insight from an American Journal of Health Promotion that "jumping" is one form of exercise that can be done just about anywhere and at any time and when done regularly has the power to strengthen your bones.

The UN General Assembly on Dec 12 in 2012 adopted a resolution emphasising health as a critical element in global development.

Domestic public financing is the predominant source to achieve universal health coverage.

What we need to do is to ensure that the resources are channeled in a way that will bring equitable access to essential services.

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It was in 1948, the WHO held the First World Health Assembly.

World Health Day is observed on April 7 each year.

Universal health means that all people and communities have access, without prejudice, to health services without having to be exposed to financial difficulties, he commented.

UHC is key to people's and nations' health and well-being.

For one to access health services at each level there is a good referral system from one level to the next.

Some 65 million are pushed into extreme poverty, mainly due to paying out-of-pocket for medicines.

More than 800 million people - around 12 per cent of the world's population - spends at least 10 per cent of their household budget to pay for healthcare.

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